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PaRappa the Rapper, LocoRoco and Patapon coming to PS4

PaRappa is back, sort of

Sony brought select PlayStation 2 games — newly remastered, not backwards compatible — to PlayStation 4 a year ago, using its annual PlayStation Experience event to celebrate the occasion. This year, it’s returning to the idea with just three games: PaRappa the Rapper, Loco Roco and Patapon.

PaRappa the Rapper celebrates its 20th anniversary in just a few days, on Dec. 6, and to celebrate it will see a special demo released on PlayStation Store today. The three games are being remastered for PS4 and will feature native 4K support on PS4 Pro, “and other improvements as well,” Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida said on stage.

PaRappa includes two new features courtesy of the PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4 controller:

  1. Feel the Beat “provides a steady metronome for each song to help the player ‘feel’ when they need PaRappa to rap in response to each character.”
  2. See the Beat is when the “player icon enlarges when a player presses any button during a song to help give visual feedback while they’re playing.”

This announcement — or at least part of it — was expected, following a listing for PaRappa the Rapper which appeared yesterday on the South Korean Game Rating and Administration Committee website. PaRappa is being joined by PlayStation Portable titles LocoRoco and Patapon, released in 2006 and 2007 respectively.

Update: The free PaRappa demo is live now. You can find it here.